Amazon Not Liable for Selling Product that Allegedly Caused $300K in Fire Damage

By | June 4, 2019

  • June 4, 2019 at 9:50 am
    NC P&C Agent says:
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    Anyone know if the seller (DreamLight) was pursued at all? From this article it looks like Erie went after the bigger pot, unless I missed something.

  • June 9, 2019 at 9:01 pm
    Paul Rafelson says:
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    What an absolute horrible outcome this was, and clearly the judge doesn’t understand how Amazon operates.

    Amazon wants to be a marketplace so it can get away with everything, product liability, copyright violations, sales tax. However, it really acts like a retailer. Sellers have no autonomy on Amazon, they cannot put up their own store fronts, direct customers to their own website, make customer service decisions, or even set a return policy. Sellers don’t even have privity of contract with the buyer, and they certainly don’t “own the customer” as they put it.

    Don’t confuse Amazon with Facebook Marketplace or even eBay, they are entirely different. Amazon sellers are nothing more than suppliers, and Amazon gets away with violating every law by claiming to be an online flea market. Of course nobody in state government wants to upset Amazon given all the wonderful and eventually replaceable jobs they bring to these states.

    Amazon wants to claim it’s merely a mall, but the Mall of America doesn’t force the Apple store to take back iphones from unhappy customers, nor do they prohibit Apple from displaying their logos or encouraging their customers to shop online.

    Our country is being invaded with dangerous products from sellers in China backed by the Chinese government, and these sellers couldn’t care less about your wellbeing. The fact is if one of those products injures you, you have no recourse as long as we have judges who don’t understand how eCommerce works.



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